This holiday season, practical and rational Anna Bell will do anything to save her family’s mini-mart from going under in her small beach town known for its traditions. But with all of the debt and bill collectors her dad accumulated before his passing, she’s aware her mom may have to sell to the buyer who has just made an offer.

Impetuous and optimistic Peter Locke is known as the new billionaire in town who is buying up failing businesses, presumably to inject them with “new life” and turn them around for a quick profit. When Anna discovers Peter is the buyer who made an offer on the Main Street Mini-Mart, she’s determined to convince him that keeping with tradition is the way to go so he doesn’t make changes to all her dad built with such love and care.

Spending time with Peter gives Anna the first feelings of comfort and joy since her dad passed. And she has to admit the changes he makes to the Christmas lighting ceremony are positively delightful. In fact, his enthusiasm and warmth will soon have Anna falling head over heels for him. As their relationship blossoms, Anna worries he’ll learn her initial motivation for spending time with him was to help her family’s business.

Will Peter discover the truth about Anna and walk away from her? Or will the magic of Christmas give them both the best gift of all: love? 

Titles in the Kissed by the Bay series include —Every Little Kiss – The Perfect Kiss – Just One Kiss – The Sweetest KissA Christmas Kiss – All About That Kiss – Forever In A Kiss – A Kiss For Santa

**  Watch for Ms. Hatler’s new series Do-Over Date which is a spin-off from the Kissed by the Bay series – the first title is Million Dollar Date, release date August 22, 2019. **

Title:  A Kiss for Santa
Series:  Kissed by the Bay #8
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published:  June 28, 2019
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I love Christmas Romance at any time of the year, I especially love Susan Hatler’s Christmas stories so this short holiday story that in some ways wraps up the Kissed by the Bay series is a lovely holiday romance with just a touch of “I’m going to miss these characters” feeling.  However!  Keep a look out for the new spin-off series Do Over Date with the first release due in August 2019.

A Kiss for Santa brings us the story of the new rich guy in town, Peter, who is buying up property – and Anna, who has recently lost her father and fears that Peter’s offer to buy the family business will destroy all the love that her father and her family has poured into that little mini-mart.  Hmmm.  You know what is said about assumptions, right?

Anna may have started out wanting to convince Peter to not make any changes to her family business or the traditions that their small town has held dear for generations, but along the way she’s going to get to know a man who isn’t at all what she thought – and maybe she might just be falling for the man.  Only thing is, she hasn’t exactly been straightforward with him about her intentions or her fears and now Anna’s between a rock and a hard place.

I had such a good time with A Kiss for Santa.  Anna and Peter work so well together even when they seem at odds.  Get an early taste of the coming holidays with this short story that delivers all the joy, magic and love of not only Christmas but two unlikely people falling in love.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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